Orca Place

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1166 Melville Street, Vancouver, BC

Orca Place

The Orca Place in Vancouver, BC
Building Information
Developer Peterson Investment Group
Architect Stantec Architecture
Management Company Dodwell Reality
Number of Units 152
Number of Floors 30
Year Built 1997
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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1166 Melville Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than a block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Condominium



Orca Place overlooking downtown Vancouver

Named after the famous mammal that occasionally graces the shores of British Columbia, Orca Place is located in Coal Harbour. This unique structure stands alone in city comprised primarily of glass towers and offer residents the best in Vancouver living.

Orca Place is located just two blocks from the seawall along Coal Harbour and just a ten minute walk to Stanley Park.

Coal Harbour is a premier neighbourhood in a premier city. In fact, it's the only neighbourhood in the lower mainland that comes close to matching its prestige is West Vancouver. Although West Vancouver offers a very rural lifestyle. Those that want both exclusivity with the convenience and excitement of urban living should look into Coal Harbour.

It also located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, fully serviced by all the ammenities one comes to expect from an international travel destination. This includes easy access to Vancouver's revered SkyTrain, which provides access to virtually all of the lower mainland.

Though residents will soon discover that most use the SkyTrain to visit downtown. This is because downtown Vancouver and in particular Coal Harbour is place where most British Columbians wish they lived.

Orca Place offers spacious units with fantastic views in downtown Vancouver. Residents will enjoy the laid back atmosphere that accompanies living in this coastal city. They will also be happy with the many outdoor activities that Vancouver has come to be known for.

Residents will come to understand why Vancouver is voted the most livable city time and time again. Oh, and the views aren't half bad either.[1]


Living in in the heart of a world renowned city means that residents have access to an abundance of fine dinning, shopping and services. All of which are located within walking distance from Orca Place.

While the City of Vancouver is beautiful, its real attraction are its natural surroundings. As a result, Vancouverites are expected to be outdoors anytime the sun decides to make an appearance, which despite Vancouver's reputation, is quite frequent.

Residents can take advantage of these sunny days by simply walking to Stanley Park which is just 10 minutes away. The waterfront along Coal Harbour is just a few minutes away and Orca Place is also close to Georgia Street which offers direct access to the Sea to Sky Highway via the Lions Gate Bridge. [2]



Orca Place is a 30 story concrete structure with a 153 units. Condominiums range in size from simple one bedroom one bathroom units to extravagant units with five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Units are afforded views of the downtown skyline as well as Coal Harbour.

Orca Place is easily distinguishable from other buildings in the neighbourhood due to its unique design. Its rounded front facade features outdoor patios and also offers 180 degree views of downtown Vancouver.

This building stands out from others built under the Vancouverism model by incorporating beige stucco siding on a facade that otherwise consists entirely of glass. Orca Place took advantage of its high profile location by reserving the first floor for retail space.

Like most condominium buildings in Vancouver, developers included a pool, fitness centre and parking garage in the construction of Orca Place. The parking garage is of particular importance since parking is scarce in downtown Vancouver and most residents utilize a car to access the wilderness that borders the city. Residents without a vehicle can choose to rent their parking spot for additional revenue. [3]

Layout and Features

  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Granite counter tops
  • Open balconies
  • Carpeting throughout

Floor Plans

[4] A video tour of one of the apartments in Orca Place is presented here. It can be viewed through the link provided in the References Section of this page.


Amenities at Orca Place include:

  • Meeting room
  • Bike room
  • Sauna
  • Fitness centre
  • Jacuzzi


Orca Place Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Pets are welcome at Orca Place
  • Rentals are allowed
  • There are no age requirements concerning the sale or rental of units at Orca Place.
  • Barbecues are permitted
  • Orca Place is a non-smoking building


Orca Place was built in 1995, just prior to the sustainability movement that now takes into consideration how a building's construction effects the environment.

One aspect of Orca Place's contribution to a sustainability in the environment, is by its location alone. Orca Place is located just one block away from the Burrard SkyTrain Station. This enables residents easy access to most of the lower mainland without the use of a car. Its location downtown also enables residents to run their errands on foot.

Vancouver has an extensive recycling and composting program in place. Residents can take advantage using the proper receptacle bins located at Orca Place. [5]


An orca is seen here entering the Burrard Inlet on July 14, 2013
  • Orcas, perhaps more commonly know as "Killer Whales", are synonymous with the pacific northwest. Orcas generally visit Vancouver at least once year. The last time these whales dropped by was on July 14, 2013. A pod of Orcas entered Burrard inlet into Coal Harbour, not far from Orca Place. Orca's aren't the only species of whales to visit Vancouver. In 2010, a grey whale swam the entire distance of nearby False Creek.
  • Coal Harbour is steeped in history that goes back hundreds of years. This area has been an integral part of the development of Vancouver into the city we know today. Coal Harbour is the name for the section of Burrard Inlet lying between Vancouver's downtown peninsula, to the west of Burrard Street, and the Brockton Peninsula of Stanley Park. The site was originally inhabited by the Coast Salish and Squamish Indians (First Nations) who lived and prospered from the land. The discovery of coal in the harbour in 1862 inspired the name of Coal Harbour.
  • Towards the late 1800s, The Pacific Lumber Mill Company opened on the site of what is now The Mill Marine Bistro. The geographical layout of the area was ideal for a lumber mill as logs would be shipped in through the Burrard Inlet and processed at the lumber mill. By the early 1900s, the Canadian Pacific Rail Company (CPR) built their western most train station on Coal Harbour which provided the perfect mode by which to transport the logs to the rest of Canada and the United States. [6]


  1. Vancouver Condo
  2. Kimmins Luxury Real Estate
  3. Vancouver Properties
  4. Video Tour of 26th floor suite of Orca Place
  5. City of Vancouver Recycling
  6. Mill Marine Bistro

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